Sunday, April 17, 2016

My Review Of "Pi Day Die Day"

Indie horror "Pi Day Die Day" is a low budget slasher that plays on classic horror themes of the shadowy Killer lurking just within the dark places. The film is directed by Michael E. Cullen II, and stars Ari Lehman, Colton Tapp, Justin Rose, Kayla Elizabeth, and Cullen as the teacher.Jeanine Visuue, Gabriel Rios-Hannon, Spring JoyLynn and Mark Klien also star in this homegrown slasher that taps into some of the energy felt by Killer cult films such as "The Prowler", and " The House On Sorority Row".

Synopsis: It’s March 14, 2016 and a serial killer is on the loose in a small Ohio town.  The students of Euclid High fear for their lives as their classmates disappear, falling victim to this elusive murderer.  With the help of Euclid High’s math teacher, Mr. Douglas, Detectives Mahoney and Beecher find clues to solving this circle of bloodshed.

The story Cullen creates is typical of the slasher genre with an unknown Killer out to rack up a huge body count. Even though the platform is familiar, "Pi Day Die Day" maintains a cool, creative feel that is entertaining. It does have moments when the acting and story gets choppy and trips up a bit, but that feel of fun, passion for the genre is never lost.

The special effects used in the film are a mix of practical and CGI. Sometimes it works out and other times the effects miss. "Pi Day Die Day" does show an understanding of when to hit the horror fan with full-on bloody goodness! For a film with a low budget there is a big effort to create some fun, gory kill scenes which I enjoyed. The sounds and music are the standard expected noise that one comes to appreciate in slasher horror, but there isn't anything that really stands out as original.

Overall "Pi Day Die Day" shows a real love and passion for Indie, low-budget horror, and Cullen's affection for the slasher flick. Even though there are moments when this one hits on the energy of late night chillers and fright flicks, there are many times when the choppiness in character drama and line delivery that prevent "Pi Day Die Day" from being a perfect film. Still it is a cool, Indie horror that a lot of fans will like because it does have that more organic and raw feel to it. Go into this one with open minds and have fun with it!

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